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Toronto library might start lending video games

March 24, 2010

Possible lede for Toronto news story two years from now:

A mob of teenagers flocked the Toronto Public Library at midnight today, demanding library management to open the doors for a midnight release party for Halo 4.

That’s right, folks. If you’re in Toronto, video games may be coming to a library near you. According to The Star, the Toronto Public Library is mulling over the idea of lending video games out of its 38 branches. It’s seeking $300,000 for the venture, and the details, like what kinds of games they would lend out (mature, casual, family friendly?), haven’t exactly been worked out yet. They hope to attract more teens with the move, because apparently, they don’t know what the heck libraries are.

If they do go forth with it, the library also plans to host game nights, so people can play games at a library instead of in the comfort of their own home.

The article also mentions that a similar program in Guilderland, N.Y. (lol, Guild) increased the rate of teens checking out books by 20 percent.

Would renting Dante’s Inferno, the game, count?

Via GamePolitics.

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